A Closer Look At Online Craps Variations
If you have not played online Craps or in a land-based casino, you have probably heard of it. However, because most material about the dice game deals with the standard form, the fact that several variations are available often comes as a surprise to some folks!
When you think about it, it makes sense that different versions exist. The game is centuries old, and it may even date back to the time of the Crusades. Many scholars think that the ancestor of online Craps that you can play at Euro Palace Casino was Hazard, a game played with dice that is believed to have been invented by Sir William of Tyre and his knights sometime around AD 1125.
Craps possibly took on much of its modern form in the 1800s, after the fabulously named Jean-Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville took it to the American south. In the many years that followed, various tweaks were made to the rules, giving rise to variations such as those described below.
The standard form of online Craps that most players know actually is a variation. Known alternatively as Casino or Vegas Craps, it sees the player play against the house.
This is different to the original form of the game based on Hazard, which pitted players against one another.
Simplified Craps is exactly what the name says it is. The rules, the betting options, and the table layout are much simpler than any other variation. However, it does come with a 2.8% house edge, which is higher than that of many other versions.
Forget about Pass Line, Don’t Pass, Come, Don’t Come, and the other bets, because they are not available. Instead, when playing it, you place a bet, roll the dice, and hope they produce one of the winning numbers, namely 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, or 12. The losing numbers are 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
High Point Craps
High Point is another variation that many online Craps fans are not familiar with. It is similar to the Casino or Vegas variant, with the biggest differences being what happens when the dice produce certain outcomes, and what happens after the Point is established.
For starters, if you roll a 2 or 3 during the come out phase, that roll is ignored. Rolling an 11 or 12 will win your bet, while any other number will establish the Point. If that happens, you need to roll a number that is higher than the Point to win your bet. Another difference between High Point and the standard form of the game is the former’s 2.35% house edge.
Where available, Crapless Craps is often touted as one of the most attractive variations as there is no losing a Pass bet in the come out phase. However, it needs to be remembered that, where rolling an 11 after placing that bet in the standard form of online Craps would win the bet, this is not necessarily the case in Crapless Craps.
Another difference between this variation and the standard version is that there is option of placing a Don’t Pass bet. The third big difference is the exceedingly high house edge.
New York Craps
New York Craps is another variation that is vastly different to Casino or Vegas Craps. From the number of dealers, to the table layout, the game is almost unrecognisable from the standard form.
Other differences include no option of placing Come and Don’t Come bets. Instead, you can bet that you will roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. If you roll one of those numbers you win; if not, you lose